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ry glad to promise to make him a visit there on our return from the Continent.
Dr. Dundas read the evening service at ten o'clock. The chapel was very full to-night, more than a hundred servants being present.
The huntsmen in their scarlet dresses, who have come [from Northamptonshire] since we were here before, made quite a show.
October 5.—It is a rainy morning, and yet when we went to breakfast I found Lord Spencer with spurs on, prepared for a ride.
He told me that he is going to Wakefield, to see the prison there, and had sent on one of his horses to change half-way.
The distance is eighteen miles, making thirty-six in all, which he prefers to take on horseback, notwithstanding the rain, and to be back to dinner. . . .. Lord Fitzwilliam generally makes his journeys on horseback, in all weathers.
Last year he went in this way to Milton, eighty-nine miles, in a single day, and will probably do the same this year.
All this comes of fox-hunting.
October 6.—To-day, for th
than any building I know of; the high embowed roof, the antic pillars massy-proof, the storied windows, richly dight, the pealing organ, and the fullvoiced quire below, are all there, and there in their original perfection.
We were invited to dine with the Harcourts, but had an engagement with the Phillipses. . . . . We passed a couple of hours most agreeably with Professor Phillips, who gratifies and surprises me more, the more I know him.
John Phillips, Professor of Geology in King's College, London, and Curator of the Museum at York, an eminent geologist.
Mr. Ticknor had known him in Dublin, when he was Secretary of the British Association.. . . . We finished the evening with the Harcourts, who are fine specimens of the highest order of the English character,—the lady beautiful, intelligent, winning, and religious; and Mr. Harcourt a quiet, unobtrusive, efficient gentleman, with very large resources of various and elegant knowledge.
We shall be sorry indeed to leave York,